Inventory of City of
Originated at The Buhl Planetarium and
Institute of Popular Science,
2003 November 1
The following is an
inventory of assets, originated at The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of
Popular Science. These assets were moved to The
Assets Transferred Under Terms of Three Memoranda of Understanding Dated 2002 October 25 – Dismantled and placed in storage in The Carnegie Science Center’s Miller Building Warehouse:
1) Zeiss II Planetarium Projector – Prior to dismantling, oldest operable major planetarium projector in the world !
2) Planetarium Projector Control Console
3) 10-inch Siderostat-type Refractor Telescope – Prior to dismantling, second largest Siderostat Telescope in operation in world !
4) Mercator’s Projection Map of the World – When first assembled for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, it was considered the largest such map in the world !
Assets Moved to The
Terrestrial Refractor Telescope – Buhl Planetarium’s very first telescope. Has unique
history, due to purchase just prior to onset of World War II. Terrestrial
Refractor Telescope was sent to
2) Meteorites -- 746-Pound (340 kg) Iron-Nickel Meteorite,
Fifth largest fragment from the Barringer Meteor Crater
3) Van de Graaff Electrostatic Generator (and brass railing which previously encircled generator) - Medium-sized model (not large Van de Graaff purchased in the late 1980s)
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4) Buhl Planetarium’s Hall of the Universe included twenty-one classic, "push-button" display case exhibits (Astronomy: eighteen exhibits; Meteorology: three exhibits). The following five Astronomy exhibits are documented as being in Buhl Planetarium’ s, originally-titled, Hall of Astronomy on the date of building dedication:
a) Stars do Move – Demonstrating precession, with changes in the star configuration of the Big Dipper over 200,000 years of time as an example.
b) Twin Stars – Showing movement of a binary star system.
c) Light Takes Time to Travel – Regarding the speed of light.
d) Tycho Brahe’s
Mural Quadrant - Animated Diorama of Tycho Brahe's Observatory in
of Hevelius at
5) Eight Astronomical Paintings by Daniel Owen Stevens:
a) The Dragon
b) A Perspective in Time
c) Orion and Taurus the Bull
d) The Old Astronomer (This painting was also published in an Astronomy book.)
e) Cygnus the Swan
f) Nine Planets and A Million Suns
g) The Great Bear
h) Copernicus (Portrait of Polish Astronomer Nicholas Copernicus. Commissioned by the Polish Arts League of Pittsburgh; donated for Buhl Planetarium.)
6) Two Portraits of Henry Buhl, Jr.
7) Portrait of Louise Buhl, wife of Henry Buhl, Jr.
8) Fairbanks-Morse Planetary Weight Scale - Displays person's weight for the planets Earth, Venus, Mars, and the Moon.
10) *Planetarium and Lecture Hall Sound Equipment
*Items with an asterisk [*] indicate that these pieces of equipment or artifacts were in the building on the day of dedication, and hence, are City property. However, these specific items are not the original equipment, but replacements for the original City-owned equipment; apparently, Buhl Planetarium management deemed it necessary to replace this original equipment. Since this replacement equipment was deemed necessary for continued operation of the institution [and, in the case of the Planetarium and Lecture Hall sound equipment, was absolutely essential!], this replacement equipment is City property.